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After Chronicle raises questions, mayor’s pal is issued stop-work order

Monday, January 7, 2013

Former Building Inspection Commission President Mel Murphy’s residential building under construction in the Mission is already five stories high but the city issued a stop-work order after the Chronicle questioned whether the work was being done . . . without permits. Turns out there’s a history of sketchy permit issues associated with the property. The Chron’s John Cote spells it out.

Murphy is a former Gavin Newsom appointee who made news in 2011 after Mayor Ed Lee’s election campaign returned seven contributions from Department of Building Inspection Employees following a fundraiser at Murphy’s home. His latest embarrassment comes at a particularly sensitive time. Lee is said to be considering him for the Port Commission.

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